ROCKY RIVER—The Buckeye football team steamrolled Rocky River with an offense that was sometimes explosive and sometimes dominating.
With a 35-16 final, Buckeye nailed shut the non-league win with two second-half touchdowns and largely played keepaway while grinding the clock with a procession of first downs.
Right after halftime, Buckeye allowed a Rocky River first down but forced a punt. Taking possession after the Pirates punt and a penalty, the Bucks went 63 yards in seven plays, with the big strike a 41-yard Adam Fauver pass to Logan Schultz, who was tackled on the 2-yard line. Dominic Monaco plunged in for his second touchdown to give Buckeye a 28-10 lead.
The Pirates managed two first downs, but after another punt, Buckeye took over on its 32 and proceeded to run a 12-play meat-grinder drive that featured only one pass attempt, an incompletion.
Justin Canedy, who had 170 all-purpose yards in the first half, ran a counter around left end for a 5-yard score on the first play of the final quarter for the Bucks’ final touchdown.
“We followed our game plan to run every play correctly, and one of our goals was to score every time we were in the red zone,” Fauver said.
Rocky River made a final effort by driving 56 yards in four plays, with Dameon Crawford, who totaled 47 yards on the drive, catching a 15-yard TD from Michael Finnigan.
The Bucks offense killed the final minutes with a punishing ground attack, piling up four first downs before Fauver took a knee at the Rocky River 19.
The Bucks’ ground game showed up in the first half as well. Taking possession on their own 10-yard line, Buckeye drove 90 yards in 11 plays, with Monaco going in from 6 yards out.
Canedy sparked the visitors in the first period with a 22-yard pass from Fauver, plus a 15-yard sweep.
Buckeye scored again on Austin Bir’s 4-yard run before Rocky River dented the scoreboard with a 38-yard field goal by Michael Conrad.
Canedy, however, took the ensuing kickoff, bounced outside and went 82 yards.
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Buckeye 35, Rocky River 16
BUCKEYE 7 14 7 7 — 35
ROCKY RIVER 0 10 0 6 — 16
B — Dominic Monaco 6 yard run (Clay Gunkelman kick), 5:22.
B — Austin Bir 4 (Gunkelman kick), 11:54.
R — Michael Konrad 38 field goal, 3:20.
B — Justin Canedy 82 kick return (Gunkelman kick), 3:05.
R — Ryan O’Donnell 11 pass from Michael Finnegan (Konrad kick), 0:29.3.
B — Monaco 2 run (Gunkelman kick), 7:35.
B — Canedy run (Gunkelman kick),
R — Dameon Crawford 15 pass from Michael Finnigan (pass failed),